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Property crime is up in the District. More than 50 burglaries have been reported near Dupont Circle this year, up from 15 last year.
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Property crime is up in the District. More than 50 burglaries have been reported near Dupont Circle this year, up from 15 last year.

While violent crime is down, police have reported more than 50 burglaries in the Dupont Circle area so far this year. Last year, the number at this point was 15.

Meanwhile, thefts in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia River are up 65 percent, police tell The Washington Post.

They say often these are crimes of opportunity, with thieves entering homes and cars through unlocked doors and making off with cash, iPods and smartphones.

In some neighborhoods, officers are telling residents not to walk around with those devices in clear view. They say property crime is widespread across the District with burglaries citywide up 18 percent from last year. Thefts are up 23 percent.

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